The Edmonton Oil Kings took to the ice for their second game in two nights on Saturday evening as they played host to the Kootenay Ice. After a recent five-game slide, the Oil Kings hoped to get back in the win column and were able to do just that with the eventual 5-2 win in front of 6,362 fans at Rexall Place.
The Oil Kings (14-19-3-0) were the first to strike in the opening frame when d-man Aaron Irving blasted one from the point on the power play to give the home side the 1-0 lead over Kootenay after twenty. (6-28-2-0).
The 2nd period is where things began to open up offensively for the Oil Kings with a power play marker from Lane Bauer and two goals from Brett Pollock, including a shorthanded tally when Kootenay’s goalie Declan Hobbs broke his stick on a clearing attempt. Pollock would scoop up the loose puck and go in all alone to make it 4-1 heading into the final frame. Jason Wenzel would get the lone Ice tally in the period on the power play at 14:35.
Kootenay’s Zach Zaharichuk narrowed the Oil Kings lead to 4-2 just over the midway mark of the 3rd, but the home side responded on the power play when captain Brandon Baddock banged home a rebound to give his team a little extra insurance with the 5-2 lead.
That would be all for offence as the Oil Kings went on to preserve their three-goal lead and snap their five-game skid with a win over the Ice.
Goaltender Patrick Dea earned the win between the pipes for the Oil Kings, making 20 saves on 22 shots while Declan Hobbs of Kootenay would take the loss in net, turning aside 35 of 40 pucks sent his way.
Pollock’s two-goal night gave him his 12th & 13th goals of the year as well as a team-leading 37 points on the the season.
The Oil Kings will take a little holiday break before returning to action on Sunday, December 27th when they head to Red Deer to take on the Rebels (23-12-0-0) at 5pm MT.